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officially on as americans swarm retailers like walmart in search of the biggest bargains they can find. many lining up for midnight openings including 30,000 people at minneapolis' mall of the americas. others at an even earlier time because more and more stores are opening their doors on thanksgiving hoping the earlier hours will help boost their bottom lines. welcome to "america live," i'm rick folbaum. heather: and i'm heather childers, we are in for megyn kelly. and joining the bargain hunters at wal-mart today, swarms of union-backed protesters campaigning against thanksgiving day openings and what they say are low wages. we're also hearing reports that some walmart employees have even walked off the job. james rosen has been in the thick of one of those protests, and he joins us now live from landover hills, maryland. james? >> reporter: heather and rick, good afternoon. from what walmart executives are telling us, the protest staged here at this particular walmart
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store affectionately known as number 5129 in suburban maryland, may have been the largest mounted anywhere in the country. by our unofficial count, some 400 picketers arrived in five charter buses from the d.c. area around 8:30 a.m. today. they chanted things like no justice, no peace, and they carried signs saying things like slave at wal-mart. local store managers told fox they, too, brought in reinforcements for security. how many, i asked? enough, they said. where are they, i asked? everywhere, they said. finally, the erstwhile leader of the protest, the reverend dr. edwin l. jones, a local pastor -- who, by the way, told us the united food and workers union helped organize the protest -- confronted the managers. at that moment bobby williams told us his store saw none of its 900 employees walk off the job -- 400 employees walk off
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the job. >> can you say to me that none of these workers will be retaliated, some type of punishment or something for their activities today? can you say that to me, sir? >> what i can say is we would never retaliate against any associates. we listen to their voices, they have the open doors. >> reporter: walmart and ceo bill simon said in a statement today, and i quote: >> reporter: finally, from the national labor relations board who was supposed to issue, which was supposed to issue a ruling by today east holding up the validity of these pickets by the union involved, the united commercial -- food and
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commercial workers or invalidating them as holding them as illegal, well, that ruling never came, and the nlrb tells us they don't expect a ruling this week, so we could see more pickets like this at more walmarts across the country. heather: james rosen, thank you very much. rick: about 11,000 shoppers lining up for the opening at macy's in new york city, that's up from 9-10,000 who came for the opening last year. for a lot of people, it's just secondary to being one of the first at the world's most recognizable stores on black friday. we hear out-of-towners far outnumbered the locals. the prices here in the u.s. are much cheaper than overseas. heather: this holiday season isn't expected to be as strong as holidays past. the national retail federation expecting sales to grow by just over 4%.
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that isn't as much as last year. the group also expects 147 million people to shop through sunday, and that's down five million from 152 million during the same weekend last year. in our next hour, we will ask a business expert what fewer shoppers means for the overall economy. ♪ ♪ rick: shifting gears now overseas, the hamas terrorist group is accusing israel of breaking the ceasefire rules agreed to only a couple of days ago, two days after a truce was reached along the israel/gaza border. the shooting death of a palestinian man today could threaten the already-fragile agreement. conor powell is live in jerusalem with the very latest. >> reporter: well, rick, given that the level of trust between israel and hamas is so low, expectations for this ceasefire were even lower. but it appears to have passed its first major hurdle. earlier today several hundred palestinians went to the border
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between gaza and israel, some reportedly there to check on land across the border in israel, others were, no doubt, hamas sympathizers testing the ceasefire. but as israeli trooped told them to back off from the border area, they refused, and israeli troops opens fire killing one palestinian. both israel and hamas accused the other ofhe ceasefire agreement, but neither side took steps to escalate the violence. hamas even went so far as to say this was a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement but that the agreement would remain intact. so it appears that neither side wants to return to the violence that we've seen in the region over the course of the last two weeks or so. now, this is a part of the world where just about anything n set off violence. but both sides are taking steps to keep the violence to a minimum. but over the course of the next few days, weeks and months we will see tests and tests of this ceasefire agreement.
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nobody's sure how long it will hold, but for now, it appears it is holding even though it is being tested by both sides. rick: conor powell life in jerusalem with the latest. thank you. heather: big changes are coming under president obama's health care law. but the government is behind schedule, putting some key pieces into place, and that is leaving both patients and doctors with plenty of unanswered questions. jim angle is live for us in washington with more on this. hi, jim. >> reporter: hello, heather. well, obamacare passed two-and-a-half years ago, and it starts to unfold this january with new taxes. then insurance exchanges up and ready in october 2013. analysts, however, say the federal government is struggling in part because of the way the bill was thrown together. >> it was put together by a bunch of special interests, and that's why you get this rube goldberg contraption, we're having all these problems. >> reporter: now, just before thanksgiving the administration finally laid out what is called essential benefits which
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insurance companies need to structure and price their health care plans. but the administration is pressing its luck, because insurance companies usually need much more time than they have now. >> well, it typically takes anywhere from a year to a year and a half for an insurance company to develop new policies, get them approved by regulators and develop all the materials needed to sell them to consumers. >> reporter: requirements of the law still have not been completed. businesses of a certain size, for instance, have to have what is called adequate coverage in order to avoid fines. >> here's the problem, the irs has not defined what constitutes "adequate" employer coverage. and the language in the legislation is ambiguous. >> i think they could draw up these regulations in 11 months. these are complicated, but there is a lot of, um, cooperation
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that's going on. it's a doable task. >> reporter: the new insurance exchanges, however, will also require a massive new software system so insurers and state and federal governments can all be on the same page. >> another glitch is that the exchanges have to have electronic software, and the federal government has to approve that software, and it still hasn't done so. so we don't even have the software ready to do what's supposed to be done in the exchange. >> reporter: so many, many more things to do before next october. analysts say the administration had plenty of time but postponed some of the more controversial things until after the election, and now it's scrambling. heather? heather: we will see whether or not that's a doable task moving forward. thank you very much, jim angle. >> reporter: you bet, thank you. rick: coming up, ambassador susan rice defending her earlier comments about the terror attack in benghazi that killed four americans. >> when discussing this -- the
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attacks against our facilities in benghazi, i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. rick: is that explanation enough? we'll talk with the man who used to hold her job, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n., john bolton. heather: very interested to see what he has to say. and there will be new life, probably, for a famous jersey shore roller coaster destroyed by hurricane sandy. we'll tell you what the town's mayor has in mind. rick: and with only weeks to go before taxes could go up, we'll ask our panel if lawmakers have what it takes to keep that from happening. >> this is an opportunity for the president to lead. this is his moment to engage the congress and work towards a solution that can pass both chambers. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so...
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from superstorm sandy along the jersey shore. the iconic roller coaster in seaside heights, well, it sits partially submerged in the atlantic ocean, and it may stay there. the town's mayor says he's considering turning the ruins into a tourist attraction. talks are now underway with the coast guard to see if, in fact, the roller coaster is stable enough to stay put. meanwhile, efforts continue to rebuild seaside heights, a town that took a major beating when sandy hit about three weeks ago. >> when discussing the attacks against our facilities in benghazi, i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. everyone, particularly the intelligence community, has worked in good faith to provide the best assessment based on the
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information available. rick: that's u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice, of course, blaming the intelligence community for her claim that the benghazi consulate terror attacks grew out of a protest over an anti-muslim film. just before the election, she repeated what she describes as a preliminary assessment on five different sunday talk shows before the truth emerged that it was, in fact, a coordinated terror attack carried out after consulate security had asked for more security. joining us now is john bolton, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations. he's a fox news contributor, and it's always good the see you, sir, thanks very much for your time. >> glad to be with you. rick: she based her statements solely and squarely on intelligence. what do you think of her comments? >> well, i think she's made a mistake personally and professionally. you'll notice from that clip you just ran she was standing at the press stakeout position outside the security council where you
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respond to reporters' questions. she was reading from a prepared statement. you'll see she was looking down. so this, this was carefully thought out in advance. this is her story, this is the line she's going to follow. why is it a mistake? two reasons. one, we've had now weeks of testimony from intelligence officials who say uniformly that they never thought that the attack in libya was the result of a demonstration that got out of of control because of the famous youtube video. so this simply puts the fat in the fire again over who in the administration made the decision that they would attribute the attack to the youtube video rather than to the evidence of their own eyes on september the 11th that they were under attack. and it's a personal mistake because i think blaming somebody else in this circumstance and saying, in effect, i just presented what was given to me and didn't inquire into it isn't
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something that i think she should be so quick to admit. rick: we know from reporting over the last several days that the administration initially, at least according to reports, wanted to put hillary clinton out there on the sunday talk shows. secretary clinton evidently said no to that request, and then they went down the line, and i guess susan rice was the next person available who they were comfortable putting out there in front of all of the country. in the days after the attacks. but no one has yet to be able to prove, mr. ambassador, that susan rice did anything but repeat the intelligence that was provided to her. so if that is the case, what did she do that was wrong? >> well, you know, i hate to be personal about this, but maybe it's my background as a litigator. i never assumed that anything that's presented to me is going to be accurate, whether it's facts or analysis or anything else. so if somebody were to say here's what the intelligence shows, that to me is not the end of the discussion, that's the
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beginning of the discussion. and it doesn't appear that susan rice approached this question with, from that perspective. and i think that's a mistake. i do think, though, that the question why hillary clinton didn't appear on the sunday talk shows is something that should not be let go of. rick: yeah. >> she was secretary of state, it was on her watch, why didn't she do it? i love the job as u.n. ambassador, it has nothing whatever to do with the security and protection of personnel of the embassy and the consulate in libya. rick: i just wanted to go back to the talking points, though, and tap into your expertise, your experience as an ambassador to the united nations on behalf of our country. were you ever sent out with administration talking points and said, you know, mr. ambassador, we'd like you to go and do a couple of media interviews, and here are the points we would like you to make. did that ever happen? >> well, there were any number of occasions where i had to answer questions that were put to me that the administration
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had a particular point of view on. and you do follow policy as an ambassador. but let me make it clear, in my government experience i never used talking points. i just refused to use them. obviously, you had information that you had to acquire, and you had to adhere to the administration's policy. but i never used talking points. and the issue here is who set the administration policy that the attack in benghazi was caused by a hypercaffeinated demonstration? that's the issue. it's not in particular the issue who changed what word in the talking points, because this narrative continued both before susan rice was on the five tv talk shows, white house spokesman jay carney was following it, and it continued right up to and including president obama's speech to the u.n. general assembly. so it's the big picture here that we should be focused on, and that is who, contrary to all of the intelligence information that the heads of the
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intelligence agencies said they had, thought that this had something to do with a demonstration. rick: i don't want to let you go without first asking you about what's going on in egypt right now where muhammad morsi must feel pretty emboldened after playing such a crucial role in helping to broker a ceasefire between's reel and hamas. -- between israel and hamas. he is now sort of changing the law of the land, a power grab. how's this going to work out? is. >> well, i think he's revealed his true stripes. this is not democracy in action, this is a classic effort at one person, one vote, one time. he's, obviously, met resistance. let's hope it's successful. but i think it's just highly ironic that after dozens of commentators left and right in this country hailed muhammad morsi for his responsible conduct with respect to gaza and how he wasn't acting like an an extremist from the muslim brotherhood got what he, got what he needed from the
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ceasefire agreement and immediately began acting like an extremist from the muslim brotherhood. that should be what we focus on going forward. and for anybody who thinks the ceasefire in gaza is durable, all they had to do was read these headlines about what morsi did in egypt the day after it was announced. rick: john bolton, the former u.s. ambassador to the united nations, thanks again for your time. enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend, sir. >> thank you. you too. heather: well, coming up, a highway tragedy after a chain reaction sparks a 140-car pile-up on thanksgiving day. we'll tell you how this happened. rick: plus, a potential major upgrade to the u.s. postal service. why you may now be able to get your packages within a matter of hours. ♪ my doctor told me calcium is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts.
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♪ rick: oh, brother. listen to this one. a woman in massachusetts is looking for a new job today after posting an offensive photo that sparked outrage all across the country. the picture there, as you can see, shows lindsay stone making an obscene gesture at the tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery. now the nonprofit group where stone works is listening to calls from across the internet to fire her. jones' father spoke out about the controversy describing the photo as disgraceful but called it simply a momentary lapse of judgment. ♪health what possible judgment went into that at all? well, in the other news, holiday shoppers coming out in droves this black friday looking for deals on items like electronics
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and toys, but it's not all fun and games. many stores on the east coast are still recovering from superstorm sandy, and those that have managed to reopen their doors, they are opening to recoup some of their losses today. rick leventhal's live for us from brooklyn, new york, with the latest on that. hi, rick. >> reporter: hey, heather. toys r us is one of those businesses shuttered because of the storm and damages, so they built a tent in their parking lot, and can they've actually now got a line forming out front for the first time since we've been here today. you can look around this shopping center, you see other stores, the babies r us, the kohls also shut down because the water came into those stores and ruined everything on the ground level. toys r us could accommodate about 1100 customers, this tent can only handle about 200, but they've created a makeshift store inside that tent, and can they have had a steady stream of customers on what would normally be one of their busiest days of the year.
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a lot of folks picking up basics like diapers that are on sale today, others buying toys for family for the holidays, others simply surprised the place was even open in the first place. >> kind of feel guilty when you do it because you feel i'm getting all these things, and can all those people don't have. that's why we've been donating a lot of toys, and we try to do what we can. and that's -- everybody should try that. if everybody did that, there wouldn't be so many people that would be hungry. >> it was easy. it's empty. i didn't even know it was open. i'm on my way to home depot, and i saw that the sign said now open, so i ran in. >> reporter: but they didn't have -- >> they didn't have what i needed. >> reporter: a store manager tells us they'll continue to work out of this temporary space until they get the big store reopened, another 6-8 months. heather: that's a good idea, buy some toys and donate them to some of those kids in that those hard-hit areas. thank you very much, rick, appreciate it. >> reporter: sure. rick: the country nearing the
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fiscal cliff, but our lawmakers near striking a deal. president obama meeting with congressional leaders this past week, we'll take a look at where the negotiations are and where they might be going. heather: and the american cancer society recommended annual mammograms for most women, so why does a new study say that's not necessarily a good idea? rick: also a holiday miracle. one family receives the gift of life after getting some devastating news. we'll tell you about it. >> baby did it again, and as quickly as we could possibly, you know -- i almost thought i was throwing the baby at the nurses, like quick! and the team just responded immediately. [ male announcer ] with over 50 delicious choices of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant...
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rick: new developments in the fight to keep the u.s. postal service afloat. the cash-strapped agency noun -- announcing a plan that it hopes will help its bottom line. its package business has been growing in volume, and now the post office is testing same-day package delivery for this holiday season. steve centanni is live in washington with more. >> reporter: hi, rick. yeah, this program begins december 12th in san francisco only, but it will spread to other cities including new york and boston. delivering packages up to 25 pounds on the same day within a given metropolitan area, not long distances. the post office would pick up the parcels at participating retailers who get online orders,
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then deliver it right to the customer's home within five hours or less. it's an effort to build on the growth in package volume at the post office even as other first class and standard mail continue declining because so many people are now using e-mail. a post office spokesman told us today metro post, as they call this new service, is designed to improve the shopping experience for customers in participating e-commerce sites by offering same-day delivery in the metro area. the postal service already has the infrastructure in place to deliver this premium service which is part of our focus to continue to grow our package delivery business. now, this is designed to dovetail with the growing number of retailers who are now promising same-day delivery including walmart, amazon and ebay. in a filing with the postal regulatory commission, the post office said the new service would not amount to any kind of unfair competition. part of the document reads, there is no reasonable expectation that the postal service's metro post service offering would create an unfair
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or otherwise inappropriate competitive advantage for the postal service. when it's expanded to about ten cities eventually, the post office will make a half a billion dollars a year off the new service, and this will chip away at the nearly $16 billion it loses every year. rick? rick: thank you, steve. steve centanni in washington. ♪ heather: well, turning now to the fiscal cliffhanger, we are just weeks away from possibly seeing big spending cuts and tax hikes kicking in, and the big question remains: will lawmakers be able to reach a deal in time? president obama met with congressional leaders last week, another meeting is set for next week, but the two sides are so far apart on taxes and spending cuts is there even hope of bridging the divide? jehmu greene is a former president of the women's media center and a fox news contributor, and didi binky is a former campaign aid to president george w. bush and a gop
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strategist. thank you both for joining us. >> thank you, heather. heather: so some 800 billion in annual spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to start january 1st, plunging us off this fiscal cliff. what do both sides need to do to come to a compromise? didi, i'll start with you. >> well, actually, heather, here we are again. it feels like groundhog day because we have the government shutdown, fiscal cliff. i mean, washington, d.c. is such a mess, and it's really too bad that we didn't have more change from the election. so what i'm hoping is that president obama will be more of a president and less of a candidate, because he's the mac daddy candidate, there's no doubt about it. this is the guy who can campaign. but he's not governed. he's not led as president. so i'm very hopeful that the new year would bring that. and i'd also like to see new leadership in the republican party. i think john boehner needs to go. i think it needs to be a kevin mccarthy as well as in the senate. you know, we need new leadership. marco rubio would be a great senate minority leader, and it's bold, but we need the change in
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washington d.c. heather: but in the meantime, we have what we have right now, we are just a matter of weeks away, so what do you think they need to do, and do you think that president obama will take the lead with dwoarks this time around? -- with negotiations this time around? >> absolutely. and he has started to take the lead. he's met with congressional leaders, the ones that we have, and i don't think that those are going to change, and we're going to see another meeting the in just a few days. but what i think really needs to happen is that republicans are finally going to have to stop letting grover norquist and his pledge hold our economy hostage. and the great thing that we have seen in the last few days is that some republicans are finally saying, guess what? i'm actually going to put the country first instead of some pledge i took 20 years ago, for example, senator saxby chambliss from georgia has said that. he's going to put the country first. more republicans need to put the country first and understand that on the election the
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american people spoke very loud and clear when they said we support the president's decision to make sure that the wealthiest are paying what they can afford and to protect the middle class and to protect social security, medicare and medicaid. heather: jeff few, you're going to be -- jehmu, you're going to be shocked, but i think grover is over too. what is the deal with this guy? he should not be running washington. he is part of the problem, and we do need to find a way to work together. there is going to be some sort of negotiation. i think the big question is, what is rich? what needs to happen? we don't want to put a stranglehold on job creators, but i think democrats and republicans can agree we really need to give a break to small businesses and the middle class. hopefully, we can do that. when i mentioned those new names so we can move from the grand old party to the great opportunity party, i think they need to come to the table now. let's look at the election. right now we need new faces and new ideas because you know what? the fabulous four isn't so fabulous because the last two
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and four years, failure. we have not been able to come together for an agreement, and we need to do that. we've got to work together to make things happen. heather: you both mentioned tax increases, but those alone will not solve the issue. i will toss it to you, jehmu, again. what about spending cuts in terms of democrats what should they be willing to negotiate on that front? >> i think they've been very clear and the president was clear during the campaign that the pentagon has actually asked for less than what republicans, you know, have wanted to give them. there are a lot of outdated systems that just don't need to be paid for in our military budget. and that should be okay. but it really does have to start with taking away the death grip that grover norquist has had on not just the republicans who signed his pledge, but on the american people. i think if you ask any normal person, they would say, who? they have no idea who this man is. and he should not have any source of input into our
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economy. >> true. [laughter] >> it should be over. this death grip has -- heather: so your answer, so, jehmu -- >> spending is so terrible in washington, d.c., the waste is unbelievable. we have so much debt, we've got to address that right away. heather: so jehmu's saying to the military, and, didi, in terms of spending cuts specifically what area? >> well, we've got to cut across the board. washington, d.c. is so bloated and in such terrible -- i mean, we're broke as a country. we need to make sure we can take care of americans, and i don't mean as far as entitlements. i mean we take care of the people who need to be, job creators not taxing them to death, and then we've got to address obamacare because a lot of the businesses right now are struggling. hopefully, we can -- heather: we need to get to obamacare, john boehner says it needs to be on the table moving forward. >> let's not forget that. >> happy thanksgiving. i hope we'll have a great new year. heather: thank you both for
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joining us. rick? rick: coming up, anger boiling over, protesters taking to the streets after egypt's new president makes what some are calling a power grab, some even calling him the new pharoah. we'll go live to cairo. heather: and expectant parents given the worst news possible about their baby, but what happens next can best be described as a thanksgiving prayer come true. stay tuned for this. >> they told me that he was alive, so it was wonderful, you know? everybody's happy, everybody's crying now because it was life. ♪
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first breath and surprising everyone in the operating room. >> i had to sort of be very honest with her and say we don't have a heartbeat. >> another doctor came in and said, i'm sorry, your baby passed, we can't find the heartbeat. >> when they told me that he was, you know, passed away, i feel like -- i just start crying. >> baby did it again, and can as quickly as we could possibly -- i almost felt like i was throwing the baby at the nurses, like, quick! and the team just responded immediately. >> they told me that he was alive, so it was wonderful, you know? everybody's happy, everybody's crying now because it was life. >> i am just very, very blessed that me and my son were able to come out of this situation alive. rick: how about that? congratulations to that family. that's baby noah right there. he looks pretty perfect, doesn't he? 4 pounds, 13 ounces, and everybody's doing well. heather: that is a great story on this thanksgiving. well, a controversial new study
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from the new england journal of medicine now claiming that mammograms have caused more than one million women to be treated for cancers that would not have been fatal. the american cancer society recommends annual mammograms for women beginning at the age of 40. we have a member of the fox news medical a-team with some is that mammogram really doesn't reduce the rate of mortality, and can it's causing a lot of stress and drama for a lot of women out there because it's overdiagnosing. being the fact that i'm in the field of prostate cancer, as you know, breast cancer and prostate cancer go parallel. we've had the same kind of discussion about psa, should we get psa or mammograms? and i think in 2012 that question should be answered by saying that screening is vital. we need that information. so this is not a debate whether we should get mammogram or not -- heather: so women shouldn't take from this study, i don't need to get a mammogram. >> are right. what i would tell them is that
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you should get the mammogram, but the art of medicine is to really individualize the care. for example, there are so many people who have family history of having certain genes with breast cancer. they may have brca1 and 2. those are at higher risk. we should look at them carefully. there are different types of prostate and breast cancers, heather. some are very aggressive. what they are saying in this study is that some of those cancers may not be really life threatening, they may not kill you, they may not cause, you know, spread or metastasize. so why should we really go after them and find it? the deal is that we don't know at this point the real biology of different type of cancers. we don't know which one is going to hurt somebody and which one is not, and that's why we do screening. can screening cost money? yes. it costs a lot. it can lead to overdiagnosis as we mentioned. but overdiagnosis does not have to be overtreatment, and that's
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where your doctor and the expert comes in. heather: explain to me, though, and we talked about this yesterday. you get the screening done, the mammogram, and then they see a spot or an area that is in question. then you get a biopsy. >> correct. heather: and then you decide whether or not you get the cancer removed. >> that's right. you get some cancers inside you, and some people believe these are not very aggressive even though they can progress to become aggressive, and some of them are more aggressive type of cancer. the question is, should everyone be teethed or not, and the answer is that the knee jerk mentality or one size fits all is bad medicine. anymore. just like in prostate cancer, some of this indolent cancers we basically say they are very slow growing, and we just watch them. so really there's a lot that goes into it than just, hey, get a mammogram or not. heather: right. >> information is important. what we do with it is a whole different thing. and my advice to a lot of people
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out there is find yourself an expert in the field of either breast cancer or prostate cancer who deal with this day in and day out and can individualize your care -- heather: and technology has changed dramatically as well. >> perhaps getting an mri in addition can help us to screen. so all of those plays a big role. but understanding the biology, looking at different kind of genes, and this is developing. so i think it's good information, but you have to be careful about how you interpret it. heather: thank you very much, doctor. as always, we appreciate your insight. >> enjoy your holidays, thank you so much. heather: rick? rick: thank you so much. coming up, walmart employees protesting the retail giant at stores across the country on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. we're live at a protest in maryland coming up in the next hour. heather: plus, a 140-car collision along the major highway. injuries -- it injures more than 80 people. we will tell you how this tragedy happened. >> seeing this happen around you, what was going through your
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mind? >> get the hell out of the way, you know? i was thinking, like, you know, people, pay attention. just pay attention to what the hell you're doing. [ female announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day 50+. what starts with adding a friend... ♪ ...could end with adding a close friend. the lexus december to remember sales event is on. this is the pursuit of perfection. the lexus december to remember sales event is on. oh, let me guess --ou see this? more washington gridlock. no, it's worse -- look, our taxes are about to go up. not the taxes on our dividends though, right? that's a big part of our retirement. oh, no, it's dividends, too. the rate on our dividends would more than double. but we depend on our dividends to help pay our bills.
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♪ heather: well, welcome back. a thanksgiving adventure takes a tragic turn in south florida. the broward county sheriff's office says that a new mexico woman and 22 others, they were on a diving trip when their boat hit a wave, and then it capsized. the woman was taken to a local hospital where she died. there's no word yet on an exact cause of death. three others were treated for injuries and then released. rick: and now to the holiday tragedy in texas that we covered for you live right here on fox.
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two people are dead after a chain reaction crash involving over a hundred vehicles. it shut down the highway for hours, and it happened so fast that some drivers said that they had absolutely no time to react. >> there were three cars in front of me, and i saw it about to happen, and sure enough, um, the first car that stopped, the second car tried to avoid hitting it but just tagged it, you know, on the bummerper, andi literally was able to stop without hitting anyone. >> seeing this happen around you, what was going through your mind? >> get the hell out of the way, you know? i was thinking, like, people, you know, pay attention. just pay attention to what the hell you're doing. >> are i was in the back here, and i just stopped in time my car before i hit the pile-up, and the man in back of me, he stopped too. that's why i didn't get any damage. rick: what a scary story.
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dominic di-natale is covering it live from our west coast newsroom. >> reporter: hi there, rick. new information coming to us on the couple killed, an 18-wheeler crushed their chevy suburban suv, they were age 60 and 64 from texas. a family member told the daily news they were driving away on a belated celebration for their 42nd wedding anniversary, and one of their neighbors described them as nice, quiet, fun-loving family people. the collision happened in dense, dense fog, fog so thick, actually, the police didn't realize they were dealing with multimillion accidents. multiple accidents. >> the cause of the accident was a heavy fog bankrolled into this area this morning which caused no one to be able to see, and of course one accident triggered another accident, triggered another in a chain reaction. >> reporter: police say they were impressed how many uninjured drives went to supply
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aid -- drivers went to supply aid. we're waiting on an update from the hospitals, more than a hundred people were taken to the hospitals, and as many be as 12 are still in serious or critical condition. rick: dominic, thank you. heather: well, more than half of the female inmates at a prison in pennsylvania are hospitalized after an outbreak of deadly carbon monoxide gas. an entire wing, in fact, of the york county prison was evacuated wednesday night after several inmates reported flu-like symptoms. the local fire chief says that a water heater wasn't ventilated properly, and that released dangerous amounts of the gas. >> very, very high levels of carbon monoxide, over a hundred parts per million when we first went in. >> is that considered severe? >> our detection equipment starts alerting at 25 parts per million, so that's considerable. heather: nearly 50 women in all, they were taken to the hospital.
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all are expected to fully recover. carbon monoxide levels inside the prison have returned to normal. rick: when we come back, the ceasefire in the middle east seems to be holding, but there are some latest hostilities between israel and hamas, a sign, perhaps, that a bigger conflict could be coming. general jack keane is here to break it all down for us straight ahead. heather: and a wave of violence sweeps egypt. take a look at this after the country's president grants himself new powers. a live report from cairo is next.
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heather: we begin with a fox news alert as new riotsareefingd the ability to take his
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opponents' powers away. i'm heather childress. rick: i'm rick folbaum. while he claims that his new self-appointed powers are meant to weed out the weebles from the former regime, they are creating serious concern both at home and abroad. >> reporter: a loud and sizable crowd of demonstrators at 9:00 in the new england cairo. we have seen episodes of forces, molotov clash with cocktails. the violence not confined to this city. the violence also in the city of alexandria where political offices of the muslim brotherhood were ransacked. martha maccallum declared
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absolute power saying any decree he issued would be legal and not able to be overturned or challenged by the courts. on paper basically putting himself above the law. supporters of morsi say it's a temporary move until egypt comes up with a new constitution. but some call it a grab at dictatorship. some calling him the new pharaoh. morsi says he will not step down so it' a test of will we have seen before in egypt between angry people on the square and the leader in power. only the names have changed. rick: that scene in tahrir square so familiar from a few years ago. the state department reacting to morsi's new powers and the violence it sparked. virginia nuland saying morsi's new powers raise concern for many egyptians and the international community.
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she adds that aspirations of the revolution that allowed morsi to take power were meant to be sure that power would not be concentrated in the hands of any one person. hamas is accusing israel of breaking the rules of a cease-fire. two days after a truce was reached we are hearing reports that a palestinian man was killed and 19 wounded after crowds of apparent protesters surged forward towards gaza's border and the fence with israel. heather: they are off. shoppers swarming at stores all across america. today of course is black friday. one of the biggest shopping days of the year. eager shoppers hunting for yims bargains, perhaps one or two. retailers battered by bad economy eeg tear reel them in.
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steve brown is amidst the crowds in chicago. it doesn't look too bad. >> reporter: let me show what we have got in this one spore temperature this is a kohl's store. it's a midwest chain about it many a substantial entity of its own. it helps consumers stretch a dollar. >> the momentum started off strong and we feel about what's happening right now, it continued throughout the day. there were 500 people this morning so it was exciting to see. >> reporter: how big an indicator is that for your holiday season how well you do today? >>' a great indicator it shows the consumer is looking and liking what we have to offer so
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we feel great about what this means for the future. >> reporter: do you need to hope this gives you momentum as far as your retail sales the rest of the holiday period? >> it's proven to be the best day of the year and it's an indicator of things to come. >> reporter: you have what's called kohl's cash which helps stretch people's purchasing power. >> for every $50 you spend you get $15kohl's cash. >> so you get $130 worth of buying pour for a $100 worth of purchase. the national retailers association is looking for spending a little bit lower than last year. but there is concern there could
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be pent-up buying that they haven't accounted for. so 4% is the projection but some folks believe it could be higher than that. heather: thank you, steve, we appreciate it. 11,000 shoppers lining up for the midnight opening at the legendary square at the big apple. for a lot of people shop can is merely secondary to the experience of being at one of the world's most recognizable stores. the shopping version of the super bowl. we are hearing out of towners are outnumbering new yorkers and some made the trip from overseas saying things are cheaper here in the states. heather: talks on the looming fiscal cliff are set to resume after the thanksgiving holiday. remember the clock is ticking until automatic spending cuts and tax hikes for every american
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take effect. president obama met with top lawmakers including house speaker john boehner. both sides claim they are willing to compromise you they are at odds for tax increases for high-income earners. rick: a lot is at stake if no deal is reached in time. the national budget office claims the economy would be thrown back into a recession and increase unemployment by 2 million. the pentagon indicated cuts would devastate the country's economy. happy thanksgiving to you and your family. they have got to make a deal, don't they? >> they have to. you highlighted the congressional budget office estimates. if a deal is not made they estimate the first quarter of 2013 we would have a 4% dip in the overall economy. so that coupled with
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unemployment i think democrats and republicans have to come together to mold and fortify some plan, whether that be eliminating tax loopholes. cutting tax rates a bit. and, you know, cutting spending as well. rick: you mean raising tax rates? >> excuse me. raising tax rates. i think raising tax rates a bit will be okay for the overall marketplace and stock marketplace. but if you raise tax rates too much, i think we can have severe problems with the private sector not want to go hire because they are insure about what their tax bill is going to be at the end of 2013. without any clarity they will back off hiring. rick: the fed chair says make a deal here and the economy looks to be in good shape. so this is the concerns. if no deal is struck we know what happens. we jump off the cliff. if a deal is struck, something
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everybody can feel relatively good about even though everybody will feel pain, what could that mean for the overall economy? >> i think if there is a reasonable deal struck for the overall economy. then we also -- you have got to keep in mind we have a credit rating in this country that has been hurt and if a deal is not met, then our credit rating could be hurt as well. so i think if a deal is met we have -- i think it will be temporary in nature to see the effects of the overall marketplace. i think we'll be fine as long as it's within reason where both parties come together and all of these different issues are negotiated in a fair and balanced way. i think the marketplace will react just fine. rick: a lot of trial balloons are being floated, it seems like the republicans as a whole are trying to come up with a unified position where they stand "regard to taxes.
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you are hearing a lot of different messages. the democrats said president obama tran for reelection on a promise to bring the tax rates back to where they were during the clinton years. talk to us about that. if we were to reverse those numbers what would that mean and what would be an acceptable number as far as you are concerned? >> you have got to remember we are talking about different tax rates as well. for the viewers, there are income tax rates and dividend income tax rates. if the dividend tax rates are dramatically increased you will have significant problems with people entertaining and owning some of the bigger dividend paying stocks in the country. some of the big staples in the american economy would be at risk of people pulling their money away from that because they are getting a nice dividends. after tax it doesn't become so nice. if we dramatically increase tax rates and don't do a lot with
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spending and eliminate significant tax loopholes that could spin us into a situation where people get protective about their capital. they don't go out and hire people. we have obama-care issue that will affect businesses across the united states. you can see the entrepreneur and the private business owner getting protective about their capital. >> i think there is going to be a deal. kyle is the founder of harrington capital management. thanks so much for your time. heather: we'll take your word for that. there is going to be a deal. coming up ... growing concerns israel's conflict with hamas is just the beginning. we'll take a look at claims that the violence that cost so many lives was just a test run for a larger war with iran. rick: former four star general jack keane will join to us talk about that in just a couple
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minutes. heather: susan rice pushes back on claims she gave misleading information on the deaths of four americans in libya. >> i have great respect for senator mccain and his service to our country. i always have and i always will. i do think that some of the statement he made about me have been unfounded but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him. my doctor told me calcium is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficient absorption in one daily dose. citracal slow release.
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rick: mexico's president wants the united states out of mexico. officially mexico's name is the united mexican state it was named that to imitate its neighbor to the north. mexico's president is
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introducing a constitutional reform to change the name to just mexico. the reform must be approved by both house of the mexican congress and the country's state legislatures. heather: deadly rocket attacks on both sides of israel's border with gaza ending, but there is a suspicion the conflict was just a test of their strength. general jack keane is the former vice chief of staff of the army and a fox news military analyst and four star general. hamas already accusing israel of breaking the rules of the cease-fire, both sides, hamas and israel claiming victory. where do we move from here and
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dew think the cease-fire will hold? >> i think it will probably hold temporarily. hamas got what they want out of it. a political victory. there are some concessions out of the israelis on the blockade and no more assassination attempt on their leaders. the israelis exposed their missile defense system and largely defeated the short range missile and rocket system. heather: perhaps that was a short-term goal and the long-term goal perhaps has to do with iran. >> we are seeing a window of a new kind of war. if the israelis attack iran the response will be a three-tiered myself isle and rocket system the world has never seen before. one would be short range that hamas would use. israel defended against those using their so-called iron dome system and they conducted many
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air attacks against stockpiles and battery sites. the second system would come out of hezbollah from lebanon. they have 100,000 myself isles. those can reach all of israel's major cities. iran * could fire a ballistic long-range missile which can also reach all of israel's major city. what you would see if all of those tiered systems are at play, attacks coming from the north, east and west. they would cope with the attack from the north using a system called baited sling. they would deal with the iranians with a system called arrow in conjunction with iron dome. they need an integrated command and control system. they have to identify the
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target, manage that, then they have to manage the selection of the target, which ones to shoot at and who is going to shoot at it and they have to' successfully intercept it. heather: this was perhaps the first step, the southern border being gaza and hamas which only had 10,000 rockets. how much damage was done there. >> i don't think any of us know. i think it would be prudent to say they probably eliminated a significant a. that stockpile. heather: they put the stockpiles near schools and churches. >> and they also fire from those facility. the israelis go through a painstaking procedure to avoid civilian casualties. heather: when you talk about the long ran missiles. a couple of missiles did reach as far as jerusalem. those of course provided by
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iran. sold to them from iran. the iron dome, would it hold and how would that be put into use if you have long-range missiles coming from multiple sides. >> the iron dome would probably not have much success against those. them would use the other two systems that they have. the david sling system against the missiles from the north and the arrow missile defense system that would defend against iranian weapons. the united states has participated on the ground with the israelis. we were using patriot missile systems. also ae girks s cruisers -- also aegis cruisers were at use. the israelis may ask the united states to help them if they have a significant challenge. i don't think a president could refuse israeli plea for help if they are taking high casualties
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in tel aviv and jerusalem because of the on slaught of these missiles. we would probably provide air attack to assist them knock out the batteries and stockpiles. heather: i began this conversation with the potential for the cease-fire to not hold. do you think a ground war could escalate into the situation we are talking about? >> i would imagine if we had a major attack they would probably go into gaza in a ground war. they didn't have to do it this time. while there was some pressure on. the iron dome system was so successful they only had a handful of casualty. the initial reports indicated people outside the bunker system. their self-defense system worked. the people even though they had to go into those bunker systems in the southern cities on average 21 times a day, the people were not complaining about it and they endured in that system and have confidence
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in it. heather: what about a time frame if this were to happen? i heard discussions about spring of next year possibly as a time frame. >> netanyahu is facing reelection in january. he laid out a red line for the world to see and he said that was may-june in his time line. that's what we should focus on. heather: let many hope none of this transpires or happens. i could listen to you talking about this fort ever. but we have to wrap it up. rick: a cash crisis forcing one city to take extreme measures. we'll tell you where thousands of city workers may soon be out of a job. bargain hunters flooding stores on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. how is iting out so far? and is it good news or bad news for tour economy. [♪]
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rick: james rosen is live at a protest in landover, maryland. >> reporter: the parking lot has been steady filling up with most of these black friday shoppers bliss any unaware of the tense confrontation that played out earlier between store
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manager bobby williams and a protest leader the dr. edwin l. jones who declared his solidarity with this store's 400 workers. >> we are going to encourage them to their satisfaction their demands have been met. if they are not met we'll be returning back here again. >> i'm going to ask you and i appreciate your concern. but we'll take care of that matter. i'll have to ask you to please go on the other side of the property. what you guys are doing right now is kind of unlawful. >> reporter: the picketing began when five charter busses came into the parking lot carrying 500 protesters. they claimed anywhere from 14-30 store workers in their ranks. williams said not one of the 400 employees here walked off the
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job. it all played off peacefully with no apparent disruption to sales. the national relations board said it will not be ruling on this case today as was expected. walmart sought protection from the board. it was organized by the united food and commercial workers union. the union is claiming the protests are the work of unaffiliated groups. i asked reverend jones about that. >> reporter: how much help did you get from the united food and commercial workers. >> they helped organize this and contact the other unions thrupts the area to come together to support us in this effort. >> reporter: an executive from walmart issued a statement saying this was the company's best black friday ever and expressing relief that the organizers of this protest were in the words much this executive
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unable to recruit a small number of associates to participate in these made for tv events. rick: james was just talking about a walmart taking legal action against the union that it says is behind today's black friday protests. but there are some questions as to which side should be upset. we'll talk about that with a couple of attorneys. heather: ambassador susan rice hitting back at lawmakers who say she misled the public about the terrorist attacks in benghazi. we debate fair and balanced. [ male announcer ] with over 50 delicious choices of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant
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rick: as u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice pushes back on claims she gave misleading information about the deaths of four americans in libya she is coming after high-profile critics like arizona senator john mccain. kevin mccollough is a former radio show host and author. susan rice says it wasn't me. i was just repeating what the intelligence communities told me. >> that's what the president said as well. i just have a hard time understanding that thanks in
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part to the excellent reporting by catherine herridge and jennifer griffin on this network. we know the cia two hours into the attack that it was an al qaeda terrorist attack. we know the white house had drone footage coming to the situation room. we know the department of state, we know all of these different entities were aware of it much earlier than what had been initially indicated by susan rice. then five days later. five days later she goes on five national shows with -- if not intentionally, then the biggest bunch of mishandled information we have seen in foreign policy in quite some time. whether she purposely did it or not, she gave misleading information to the american people. the question is did she do it on purpose. rick: this is why so many republicans think it doesn't pass the smell test. she was out there saying what she was saying. now she is blaming that on the
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information given to her about it intel communities. but we know from david petraeus' testimony that he knew within a couple hoirts was a terror attack. >> the same republican lawmakers were vigorously defending another then likely nominee for secretary of state with the last name rice when she presented informatioinformation that iraqd weapons of mass destruction and the consequences of that was more grievous. but i wants to focus on susan rice it's important the american people understand when a senior diplomat such as she goes in front of the mainstream media, our allies and the united nations and presents information that we have, she is not necessarily presenting the information she collected
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herself. she is presenting all the intelligence gathering that we have at the time. so it's bizarre to me that the republicans have chosen her as the scape ghost this looking information when the president himself has said if you have a beef with this information you should take it up with the administration itself with the president himself. it strikes me as bizarre that senator mccain and lindsey graham are hypocritically going after her. >> i don't disagree with mark on this level. susan rice was brought in as a pawn. i think that when you are talking about an attack on an ambassador and you have a c can ia annex that came under fire and you have navy seals and airmen that end up dying and you have questions of military strategy and state department issues and so forth, i don't know where the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. even fits that
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equation. but let me quickly defend the honor of an indent person that mark just slandered. condoleezza rise did not present any information before the body of the u.n. that was done by general colin foul when he was -- r -- colin powell when he was secretary of state. >> you could say she was a pawn. but she has an impeccable record at the u.n. >> she gave false information to five national talk shows. >> she has some of the most stringent sanctions against north korea, iran and the most international defense our ally israel has drummed up in wong support for america's fight against terrorism. >> she gave provable false information on five talk shows. rick: we are now out of time.
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a good debate. very valid points made on both sides. we'll have you backit again. mark hannah, nice to talk with you as well. heather: huge crowds at shops all across america this black friday. but this christmas season may not be as strong as holidays past. the national retail federation expecting sales to grow just by over 4%. that isn't as muchs last year. the group expects 147 million people to shop today through sunday. that's down 5 million. the managing partner of chapwood investments. it's not just black friday. it mor more morphed into gray t.
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>> a lot more people are shopping online. that one of the reasons we'll see those numbers come down. how are they going to do during this time periods? people don't understand the stress that a small business person is understood. when you start take all the regulations. a bad economy. you add on top of that obama-care. people are stressed out. when you see a sign of any small business, behind that sign is a person whose hopes and dreams are riding on this time of the year. it's a tough economy and i truly believe this is not going to be a stellar weekend and i think this christmas season we'll see a lot of big retailers start to go out of business. heather: we have small business saturday. do you think that will do any good for those retailers? >> people are making less money this year than last year. and their cost of living has gown as well. so you have the perfect negative
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retail virus out there. i don't want to be a gloom and doomer. i want to be realistic. this might not be a great time for retailers. as a result of that, i think you are going start to see companies miss their forecasted numbers and lit start to drag that stock market down. this by itself might not do it but people need to be aware of that. heather: do you think businesses will do better online? >> absolutely. if my wife has anything to say about it retailers will do very well online. shopping online has become a much better and much more convenient. a lot of these retailers are drawing people in with enormous discounts. people are getting out there shopping for those discounts. i heard a story about best buy handing out coupons for people to get in and people were selling those discount coupons at those stores. everyone is looking for deals. every one wants to get as much
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as they can and they will spend less per item and that will hurt forecasted earnings. for everyone's retirement plans this matters. heather: businesses cutting back as well as the holiday season approaches. >> i love this holiday season and i'll shop like anybody else. but people need to be aware it will be slower than people frrkd, i believe. >> thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate it. rick? just kidding. >> a growing debate pass walmart takes legal action against the tuneon it says is behind today's black friday protests. but with union reps arguing they are fighting for better wages and benefits for walmart workers. there are questions about which side is being unfair. and as if the holiday music in stores wasn't enough. the first family is officially ringing in the season as the
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rick: black friday strikes by groups of walmart workers went as planned across the country despite legal action taken by the company to try and stop its non-unionized workers from walking off the jobs. were today's strikes legal and will walmart retaliate? and what is next went walmart giant and its employees. talk to us about the legal aspects of this. what is walmart saying?
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>> these protests by non-union workers, the entire movement is by the union. they went into the national labor relations board to say the union is organizing a protest against us. we are not union, we want to stop these people from protesting and demonstrating and trespassing on our property. rick: we are waiting to hear from the national relations board. they were supposed to have issued their decision and now we understand from james rosen that it will be a while until we hear from them. does walmart have a case? >> they may. essentially what they are doing. walmart is saying we are stepping in because this is a right to work state. there are right to work states, and there are at will states. in a right to work state, an employee is not obligated to join a union. if walmart can step in and say,
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we are -- we are on the employees' side. what's happening here is the union is trying to force our employees to join the union. if that what they are trying to do and they can get away with it. then they may be -- the unions may be even jiend. but under these circumstances, it could very well be shown that the employees because of the situations at walmart want to join unions. if that's the case, then walmart may have a tough problem on their hands. rick: what would happen. let's say the board rules in favor of these striking workers. this is a company famous for not having any union members in its ranks. what happens if this ruling comes down in favor of the workers? >> this has been going on for two years. walmart says this is a protect
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about it union. if they lose -- it's a hard thing to win -- it will only give the union strength, it will give the workers strength and what the union will try to do is assemble these workers and have walmart be a union company. it's a big risk for walmart. the reason the nrlb didn't render a decision. we are talking about a monumental change in walmart and its employees. the nlrb in memphis says we are giving it to washington. we'll render a decision after we have had all the evidence. there are a lot of reviewing of document going on by the nlrb. rick: does the losing side get a chance to appeal or is this ruling sort of that's it? >> i think they would get a chance to appeal. but what right -- they have to concern themselves with the public relations aspect of this suit as well.
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so there is that kind of components here. rick: let's talk about walmart for a second. and lot of folks will say it's because this company has been so successful at keeping its costs down as it relates to its employees, its overhead. that that's the reason why they are able to keep their prices so low. which of course everybody gets to enjoy. >> there may be some truth to that. however, walmart is not the only non-unionized retailer. i don't know if one necessarily goes with the other. walmart is known for keeping their prices down but so are many other stores. soft it doesn't necessarily go hand in hand. one thing for certain. if the union comes in, then the expenses of walmart will certainly go up. whether the prices of the products go up remains to be seen. but presumably they will go up.
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rick: that many the way it works. if the cost to the company goes up, those costs are passed on to you and me. and that could have a tough effect on the economy as a whole. let many talk about this real quickly before we wrap things up. a lot of people are saying an economy like this, these workers strike at the walmart stores should be more concerned withholding onto their jobs and grateful to have a job as opposed to trying to tick off their boss. >> they should. but i guess it depends. what could be said here is walmart is trying to union bust. and walmart -- if that's the perception, then walmart may have problems on that end as well. there are a lot of people that -- a lot of customers walmart has who believe in the unions. i think walmart is concerned about them as well. rick: gentlemen, thanks so much
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for coming on to help us wade through all of this. nice to see you both. thanks so much, gentlemen. heather: nasty weather could put a crimp on christmas shopping. critical days for america's retailers. i have a cold... i took dayquil, but i still have a runny nose. [ male announcer ] dayquil doesn't treat that. huh? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus rushes relief to all your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today.
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heather: tis the season of watching christmas classic movies with the family. but do you know which one is the top grossing of all times? coming up in at number 5, "santa claus 2."
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starring tim allen. the first comes in at number 4. that's two allen movies in the top five. "elf" number three. $173 million. number two, tom hanks in "the polar express." $183 million. and "how the grinch stole christmas" starring jim carrey as the grinch with a heart two sizes too small. rick: "elf" is the on one i have seen. i saw the animated grinch stole christmas. what is your favorite holiday movie? heather: "rudolf the red nosed
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reindeer." but "elf" is close. rick: the tv special? we are talking movies. heather: "elf" would it be. rick: i do like the christmas specials. my wife and i started a new tradition when we are wrapping presents. "love actually" a great christmas holiday movie. heather: do you watch that with the kids? >> no, the kids are asleep and that's what we watch. dealing with chilly temperatures there. others dealing with rain and snow. how is the weather affecting your holiday shopping? rick reichmuth is in the extreme weather center. favorite holiday movie? >> reporter: an oldie like "miracle on 34th street. i have never seen any of those
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five movies. but don't let your kids watch "love actually" with you. bringing the older air behind, not a lot of moisture associated with it. not big rain problems or travel issues which is great news. a lot of people trying to get home today or tomorrow. it is cold behind it. we have another system moving into the pacific northwest. this is rain, no big snow with it. it's just cold behind this storm right up here it's 24 degrees in minneapolis. that a big change from 24 hours sea go. a big area where it plummeted. a 35-degree drop. much colder air there. the futurecast. it will bring us some lake-effect snow we have had so far this season. but there is 3-6 inches of snow across the great lakes. the rain that's in there now will move into the mountains of the rockies and bring some snow.
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but you lucked out with travel so far this holiday season and it looks good all the way through sunday. rick: our stage manager upset no run mentioned "it's a wonderful life." this is karen anjeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they' gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance and be able to focus on other things, like each other, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade.
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>> the official white house christmas tree making its way to 1600 pennsylvania avenue early today. first lady and first dog bo and the girls presented
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